Day One - Quilting Class - One step closer to Bai Jia Bei-Land
Here it is, Stone Mountain & Daughter, site of the quilting class that I signed up for ages ago. This is a pretty cool shop in Berkeley, CA. It has been around a long time - they had pics on the wall of students quilting in the 70s. Different fabric, same patterns.
The place stayed open late for we soon-to-be-quilters. Talk about kids in a candy store. The colors! The patterns! The 20% discount!!
I was looking for reds & these bandana prints really inspired me. I thought that I'd choose one and then pull some other stuff to go with it. When my teacher happened by my pile, she encouraged me to use ALL of them. Instead of sticking to the materials list (that suggested 3 fabrics for the sampler class quilt) she recommended that I just go crazy. So I did. And, I am so stoked. I've already got another lighter blue fabric in mind....oh, this is going to be dangerous.
Cool thing about the class is that everyone is a beginner and we're all similarly excited and intimidated by this endeavor. So far, everyone seems pretty mellow. Our teacher is really experienced, very talented, fun and encouraging. Quilting is a different sort of beast I now realize - and that 1/4 inch seam allowance is going to be verrrry interesting. If anyone has any suggestions or words of wisdom on that front - please share.
This is a 6-week sampler class that focuses on rotary cutting. By the week before Thanksgiving we will have put together a 6 block quilt comprised of 12x12" blocks. The samples from former classes looked HUGE to me. I was surprised to see that if the Goddess of Textiles and Graph Paper shines upon me I'm going to walk out of this class with a real useable quilt. Whoa.
My goal this weekend is to wash this fabric and begin cutting. Gotta get on it because the first block is due next Friday! The teacher started us off with the Rail Fence pattern. I guess it is one of the easiest. We shall see.